Interim Team Named Ahead of Search for New Executive Director

Interim Team Named Ahead of Search for

New Executive Director

by Susan Hopewell

GRF president

As the search for a new Executive Director gets underway, the GRF Board of Directors has launched an interim plan for the management of Leisure World.

This experienced team is led by Mark Weaver (Facilities Director) and includes the following staff: Carolyn Miller (Director of Finance), Jodi Hopkins (Mutual Administration Director) and LeAnn Dillman (Human Resources Director), as well as GRF President Susan Hopewell.

These highly qualified GRF personnel collectively have about 74 years experience working in LW. The team will provide continuity and give the board time to find an ideal candidate, with the desired skill set, to fill the top post in the GRF management team.

The GRF Board will hire a leading executive search firm to fill the position. This position has also been posted with the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), the California Associations Institute (CAI) and LinkedIn. The above actions were finalized at the Dec. 3 executive session of the GRF Board.

The search for new executive leadership will take time and the Board asks for residents’ patience, support, and understanding.

“I know there is uncertainty and concern within the community regarding the departure of the GRF Executive Director,” said President Hopewell. “The GRF Board will continue to provide updates to the community.”

Amphitheater Series Cancelled

Due to a growing number of unconfirmed reports of LW members testing positive for COVID-19 (with some fully vaccinated people being hospitalized), the GRF has canceled the following community events:

  • Amphitheater Movie Nights, including Wonder Woman, Aug. 13; and Coming to America, Sept. 3.
  • Amphitheater Show Series, including the Linda Ronstadt Revival concert, Aug. 19; and the Petty Breakers, Sept. 2.
  • Weekend Dances for one month, including Abilene, Velvetones and Vinyl Rock.
  • Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center will close as of Monday, Aug. 16.

Several clubs, and religious groups and churches have chosen to cancel meetings and events for the time being. Please check with clubs and churches for the latest meeting information.
Thank you to all LW’s proactive and prudent clubs that have canceled August meetings. By taking action now, we may be able to get back on track in September
The GRF urges all residents to wear masks and avoid crowds.

GRF Cafe At Building 5

The GRF Café at building 5 is once again open for residents to use indoors. The tables and chairs, in reduced capacity per OCHCA, are now available. We added Purell sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer to use in the café per OCHCA guidelines. As the County of Orange continues to raise the tiers we will add more tables and chairs. A limited number of tables and chairs are now available on the adjacent patio. The seating on the Clubhouse 6 patio will be replaced after the completion of the Covid-19 vaccine clinics.


Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World

The Amateur Radio Service Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. Please use the following guideline.

  • Call-in time begins at 9:30am until 9:45am.
  • Use Channel 13/0.
  • Be sure to wait until the radio is clear and call in stating your first name, last name initial, and mutual: example John S. Mutual 13 checking in. Remember to press the side button to speak and release when finished.

If you are not sure how to call in and would like additional instruction on use of the FRS radio you may contact Leisure World Amateur Radio Service Radio Club President Rich Erickson, or call 562 431-6586 Ext. 409 to leave a message.

~An announcement from the Emergency Information Council~

SB Transportation Services (provided by CA Yellow Cab)

Senior Transportation Service – Service Change
Effective June 1st, the City of Seal Beach Senior Transportation Services will be provided by California Yellow Cab. This service change was a result of the unexpected closure of the Keolis’ Orange County facility, which was contracted to operate the City’s senior shuttle and dial-a-ride program. The Keolis Orange County facility is scheduled to close on May 31st.
As a result, the Thursday Shopper Shuttle Service (downtown Seal Beach) and the daily Senior Nutrition Shuttle/Rossmoor/North Seal Beach Community Center will be suspended until further notice; however, the Dial-a-Ride services will be expanded as follows with California Yellow Cab:
  • Operating hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling toll free (877) 224-8294. Reservations made less than 24-hours in advance cannot be guaranteed.
  • Only registered eligible riders can partake in this service. To be eligible, the rider must be a Seal Beach resident 60 years and older.
  • To confirm whether you are already registered, call California Yellow Cab – Melissa Gomez or Cristina Valle at (714) 427-2555.
  • To register as a new rider, contact Iris Lee at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322, or or email
  • There is no cost to use this service.
  • Transportation services will be provided to any location within Seal Beach city limits, and up to three miles outside city limits and within Orange County for non-emergency medical purposes. Users may also elect to go to the VA Hospital in Long Beach.